22 June 2009

Book review: A Fine and Private Place

A Fine and Private Place
Peter S. Beagle (Viking, 1960)

On Black Gate today, I present a review of one of the finest “first novels” ever from a fantasy author. Not only that, but the author was nineteen years old at the time he wrote it. Considering how much awareness A Fine and Private Place shows of death and aging, that’s pretty mind-blasting. Peter S. Beagle had incredible abilities from a young age. He would go on to write one of my favorite of all fantasy novels, The Last Unicorn.

And, thankfully, he’s still around and still writing. And A Fine and Private Place is remains in print, almost fifty years after first publication!

Read the full review here.